The Spirit of Aikido: Learning, Feeling, andTransmitting the Essence
byKanshu Sunadomari Published Online
"Bu˜do¯ is love. The true martial way of Japan is a spirit of peace which strives topacify conflict before it arises. This is (the way of) Aikido.In ages past, the way of the martial arts was a tool used to kill and conquer. Yet when itwas all said and done, such a way was misguided and lead to self destruction. Aikido,however, is (the way of) harmony, it is a manifestation of the fundamental vast spirit of the universe. Without understanding this spirit it is impossible to progress in Aikido and(practicing it) has no meaning. By fostering this spirit, Aikido also becomes a method forself-defense, as well as, a regimen to maintain health and beauty." - Words of theFounder, Morihei Ueshiba<P
This excerpt is taken from an interview of the Founder on May 26, 1961 during hisvisit to Kumamoto.
A Lifetime of Training: Pursuing Technique that Touches Our Partners' Hearts
The following are excerpts from Sunadomari Sensei's instruction at the 351st Blackbelt Seminar which took place on January 23, 2005 in
Kumamoto City, Japan.
The Practice of Taisabaki (Turning of the body)
In cases where our partner attacks from a distance, taisabaki is of the utmost importance.Without being able to properly pivot or turn the body correctly, it is impossible to absorbyour partners' attack and you will inevitably conflict with them. Turning and pivotingfrom the hips is extremely important. It is essential to harmoniously connect with ourpartner rather than try to knock them down. By releasing strength and tension from thebody and just turning from the hips we can evade our partners attack. Through thepractice of this type of taisabaki, we can continue to train and perform techniquethroughout our life even as we grow old.
Endeavor to Develop Technique which Conveys your Spirit
We must develop technique that embodies and expresses our spirit. As we grow old,technique that fails to transmit the spirit through the physical body has no meaning.Preaching about love without being able to transmit it to others is fruitless. We mustreach a point where we physically manifest the spirit through the physical body. Justwhat is the Founder referring to by his words "Aiki is love" and "transforming an enemy